An Account of the Pelew Islands, Situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean…
Manning & Loring, ( 1796), Boston
12mo. x, (9), 20-264 pp.
One of several American editions of a popular shipwreck tale first published in London in 1788. This was one of the most popular of all shipwreck narratives, partly because of the happy ending, of the adventure and partly because of the detailed descriptions of the Pelew Islands natural features and society… Wilson exercised excellent control over his men, dealt smoothly with the natives… The crew set to work to build a schooner from native lumber, while some of their members fought for their hosts in native wars… – Huntress. When they returned to England they took one of the Pelew Islanders, Prince Lee Boo, with them. He was a celebrity but unfortunately died of smallpox. Huntress 107C. Evans 30650. Bound in later printed boards. A very good copy.